Hurdy-Gurdy, String, and Other Things

We made a playlist of some of the earworms that inspired the Agent Starling - European Howl record - it's free to listen to on Spotify, could be a soundtrack to part of your day. Lots of interesting sounds from obscurity corners around the world - some truly remarkable music. We've enjoyed making this … Continue reading Hurdy-Gurdy, String, and Other Things

Jordi Savall – Kalenda Maya

Rich, Dexter and I were privileged to see Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI again last night, this time as part of the York Early Music Festival, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show. Hespèrion XXI's mesmerizing programme - Kalenda Maya, a dialogue of souls - began with the gorgeous piece, Alba, from thier 2006 … Continue reading Jordi Savall – Kalenda Maya

Poeticall Musicke

Last time we went to church it was to see the maestro of the viola da gamba -  Jordi Savall - in Salisbury. Last night we were at church again to see Poeticall Musicke, and these guys were superb. York's All Saints Church was the perfect venue for Poeticall Musicke's programme of Royal French Music … Continue reading Poeticall Musicke

Jordi Savall in Salisbury

We were lucky enough to meet the exceptional Jordi Savall once again this weekend at St Thomas Church, Salisbury, as part of the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. Jordi played the most beautiful concert of Les Voix Humaines, mostly on his 17th century seven string English Barak Norman bass Viola da Gamba. He is also utterly … Continue reading Jordi Savall in Salisbury

More late nights and early music…

We were lucky enough to see Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI play at York University last night as part of the NCEM Early Music Festival. Going to the concert was a dream come true. They did three well deserved encores and were so friendly and welcoming. Jordi showed us his 16 and 17th century viola … Continue reading More late nights and early music…